“O Stupid Catholics, Who Has Bewitched You?”

Voting Catholic! Are You Going The
Way of Evil or The Way of Truth

By Fr. Richard Perozich (Written for the Church Bulletin) – Elections are coming up November 2, 2010. Catholics must engage in the political process to form a nation that reflects the values held by Christ’s followers.

Learn who you are and act like a Christian.

1 Peter 2. 9 But you are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may announce the praises” of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

Your job is to announce to the whole world that Jesus is the anointed King of God’s everlasting reign and to offer all men His salvation given by grace and received by faith.

One forum in which you do this is politics. Politics comes from the word pole and polarity. Poles are opposite ends of an idea, of a temporal structure, or of a force.

Catholics Have A Higher Calling

Catholics, even though we live in a country and are citizens of that country, have a higher calling and responsibility to God and to our neighbor to promote God’s truth even when others hate it, reject it, and hate us for proclaiming it.

We are citizens in an earthly realm, but more importantly we are citizens of the new kingdom of heaven with Jesus as the Lord, His laws as our prime way of life, and called to live them and to promote them even to unbelievers.

We live in a society where many people with power, possessions, and prestige are promoting ideas that are not founded in Christ.

In order to promote their ideas over ours, they tell us we must stay in our churches, keep our religion to ourselves, and that their idea of separation of the church from the state (which does not exist in our American constitution as they say it does) trumps any ideas we might have, so we have to shut up. And Catholics sheepishly keep quiet and vote for men and women who promote evil.

In chapter 3 of Galatians, St. Paul, frustrated with the Galatians allowing non believers to silence the truth even to the point of the Galatians returning to pagan or evil ways chastises them saying, “O stupid Galatians. Who has bewitched you?”

“O Stupid Catholics, who has bewitched you?”

It can be said of us in America in the year 2010, “O Stupid Catholics, who has bewitched you?” We easily go over to pagan ideas, putting aside our faith, our truth, in order to accommodate the evil of people who will not accommodate us! To promote their ideas they attack us personally calling us the far right, ultra conservative, bigoted, homophobic, hate mongers, holy rollers, and other epithets. This silences many Catholics. It only emboldens me, and it should embolden you also to promote your faith.

In the fights in politics, all sides cannot win. It is either going to be the way of evil or the way of truth. You must engage it as an ambassador for Christ and not as an agent of the devil.

God is life. Jesus is King. Christians are citizens of the kingdom sharing in life, the mission of God to promote it constantly in every forum.

People are most concerned with their economic power to purchase, to live, to save. Their greatest fear is losing this, evident in how they voted in 2006 and 2008.

Our Greatest Concern Should Be With Life

For Christians our greatest concern should be with life, and we vote for those who promote it. You have heard the mantra, “I’m a fiscal conservative, but a social liberal.” Nonsense. The societal responsibilities come first, and from a sound society built on biblical principles flow the economic concerns.

In a healthy economy there will be rich people. I who earn $20,000.00 a year do not envy their wealth, their homes, their power to shape the economy. The people Americans put into office in 2006 and 2008 DO envy, and are using the economy to tear apart the entire social fabric of society to promote abortion here in our country and abroad; to kill new life in embryos; to kill the elderly and sick; to destroy the nature of gender and marriage; to allow sexually immature people to be predators of others to try to satisfy their lack of psychological development.

Here Are The Fundamental Issues

For us Catholics the basic issues are: Life from conception to natural death, that is protection of the unborn, those with life, and those who are sick; protection of new life in its most nascent form, the embryo; protection from cloning to farm body parts; protection from sexual deviance in the form of pederasty, homosexuality, adultery, fornication, prostitution.

An elite class has assumed power in the United States, transcending political parties. They claim to know more than the people the elites represent. They do not. Their interest is keeping their positions in which they earn upwards of $200,000.00 with a health plan that is not part of the new one passed for the rest of us. They plan the destruction of the military, the silence of the churches and free voices, the destruction of children, embryos. They simply cannot stay in power. I have voted for some of them despite their mixed policies.

Enough!

But enough! I refuse to cast a vote for anyone who supports abortion, sexual confusion to be forced in the military, marriage, school curricula, or any other societal aspect, cloning, embryonic stem cell research, or euthanasia.

A Stand Must Be Made!

I am a Catholic. I am a citizen of the Kingdom of God and will promote that kingdom in all parts of my life.

To you politicians who promote non Catholic values, I will not vote for you just so your opponent will not get into office.

If you do not represent me, you do not have my vote. I don’t want your government money. I don’t want your ideas of equality, fairness, and justice. I don’t want your health care. I am not a prostitute who sells my vote for temporal benefits.

I am checking your voting records through various organizations which monitor your voting. If you do not promote life from the moment of conception to natural death, chastity and sexual distinctions, traditional marriage, respect for embryos in science, then you will not get my vote. You do not belong in political office. Teachers who sheepishly follow their corrupt unions do not belong in the classrooms. Clergy who follow non Christian teaching do not belong in the pulpit.

True Change!

My hope rests in Jesus Christ and his salvation exactly FROM the very things these politicians are promoting. Change is repentance from sin, conversion to God, and reparation of the damage by following the commandments without relativizing them.

Hope and Change did not come in 2008. I’m going to do my part to see that it does in 2010.

Fr. Richard Perozich

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20 comments to “O Stupid Catholics, Who Has Bewitched You?”

  • Katherina

    Thank you Father Perozich. Wonderful letter.
    So true. time to draw the line in the sand. Either we are IN or we are Out when it comes to the Truth of Christ.
    We need to elect people who will defend all life from the moment of conception till natural death. Defend Marriage from Both rampant forced No-fault Divorce, children and spouses being discarded; as well as forces attempting to re-define marriage to mean between any two persons who decided that ( at least for now) they want to have a sexual exclusive civilly recognized union.
    Either way marriage is being redefined from being a sacramental union that challenges the spouses to GROW in Un-selfishness, to put the Other first, self last, to serve, raise children together- OTHER oriented-; to secular societys idea that is SELF oriented. whats in it for ME? The Church is very clear- We cannot call ourselves Catholics and support politicians that continue to promote evil.

  • Mari

    As a Christian, I am thanking God that someone will stand up and speak out – challenging us to stand for the side of Christ and truth. Thank you, sir.

  • Where is Father Perozich’s concern for the call to social justice which is at the heart of the gospel? He needs a good dose of the words of Dorothy Day, not to mention John XXIII. “And Jesus wept.”

    • Hello Jeffrey,

      Thanks for the comment. Jeffrey how well do you know Fr. Perozich? Fairly well? Your comment appears to be very judgmental. Was that your intent? Do you have proof to show that Father does not have concern for social justice issues? How do unborn infants and the elderly fit into your definition of social justice?

      One more thing, could you be so kind to show me where social justice is heart of the gospel? Thanks!

      God bless,
      John Quinn

  • Paul

    “The people Americans put into office in 2006 and 2008 DO envy, and are using the economy to tear apart the entire social fabric of society to promote abortion here in our country and abroad; to kill new life in embryos; to kill the elderly and sick; to destroy the nature of gender and marriage; to allow sexually immature people to be predators of others to try to satisfy their lack of psychological development.” This view of homosexuality is ignorance itself.

  • kenneth warren

    Amen Amen

  • Deb in Tucson, AZ

    Thank God for priests like Fr Richard! It would be such a great blessing to have many more clear talking priests like him in all our parishes wouldn’t it? Imagine if our conference of Bishops were as truthful and loyal to the orthodox teachings of the church? It could change the course of history. Can’t help but wish that Fr Richard or an identical twin, were in Tucson. The liberal agenda is alive and well in the Tucson Catholic Church and it comes from the top down. Visit http://www.newvisiononline.org which is the Diocesan paper especially before an important election to see support for the liberal agenda hidden (and sometimes not so disguised) amongst the feel good fluffy articles. Pray for us if you read this!

    I’ve pondered this issue over and over in prayer. Why are many Catholics (lay people and priests) so blind, deaf and dumb? What is it up to now, 50 million babies killed by abortion? It must be God’s permissive will or else at this point, the stones would cry out against the slaughter of human life due to abortion. Lord, show us how we are to respond to the bloodshed in our midst and open our eyes, ears and voices. God help and bless us all!

  • Nhiem Ta

    thank you for sharing your message. I’ve posted it on my Facebook account and have encouraged friends and family alike to share the same message with others. God bless!

  • kathleen in Pennsylvania

    Father thank you for your strong stance on Catholics and Voting. It brings me such pain that so many Catholics voted for the most liberal pro-abortion President in our history. My brother questioned how I could possibly vote for McCain and Palin, when I said I couldn’t possibly pull the lever for Obama due to his Pro-Choice views he stopped questioning me. I truly feel we will have to account for our voting records one day so God have mercy on the millions that have helped politicians promote their “death” agendas. All-please pray for a strong turnout on Nov 2 to put an end to Obama’s policies. I believe with all my heart that if the scourge of abortion were to end in this country, that God’s blessings would overwhelm our country!

  • Yes, I have been saying much the same thing for 2 years (taking many cues from Archbishop Chaput and his “The Catholic Political Vocation” speech. Please link my blog ( on politics , Catholics, Catholic legislators, and the “unknown” D&E scandal in America) for your readers’ edification. God Bless. Juan

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  • Craig Dennis

    Then Mr Tilly, make it so! Come back to full communion, we are so ecstatic and happy to have you if you simply come. Come to RCIA (at a strong and faithful parish).

    The Catholic Church will forever be the greatest enemy of evil on this earth, and can never be fully defeated. God bless you Father Rich.

  • Dan Tilly

    Thank you very much for this powerful stand. I am not Catholic (though I would like to be). I am a United Methodist Pastor and want to encourage you to keep speaking the truth.

  • Yay Father! Finally a member of the Catholic church who won’t vote democrat! I had a Priest sit in my dental chair and dismiss Obamas infantiside position as if it was nothing. I was in shock, he was so caught up in the moment of the campaign I swear I saw $ signs in his eyes, really bizarre. God Bless you for writing this and please pray we have more time.

  • Diane Chapman Ramona, California

    We are so blessed to have Father Rich in our area. He continues to lead all of us. He suffers from reprimands from the Diocese of San Diego when he does speak the truth, but he carries on.
    The fruits of the truth? Packed CCD and RCIA classes, hour plus lines to get into confession and a growing parish. Amazing what happens when you follow what our Church and our Holy Father teach. You would think that the Diocese would take note and want to emulate this. But they are too busy allowing the Mexican Consulate into our churches without letting us know, allowing PICO and SDOP to organize the poor in the parishes and use them as props for Democratic votes, sending Catholic Kids to Sacramento to lobby for “important” issues like the Dream Act. How about the Dream Act for our own parishioners that lost their jobs and homes?
    We got your back Father Rich.

  • Cody in Tucson

    Alleluia! Fr Richard you sound like my twin, were we cloned? When I need knowledge on how to live my life I look up the sections in the Catechism which discuss the Ten Commandments and the Precepts of the Church. Bammo, there it is and I know how I should behave. Don’t ever quote from the Catechism to a leftist though unless you want to be called names! So when I am asked what my ethnic background is I respond “Catholic-American”!

  • Jennifer

    Amen! I love it. Thank you! I know a courageous priest you might want to take a look at. He blogs at Illegitimi non Carborundum (www.donotbediscouraged.blogspot.com) Fr. James Farfaglia is also a contributing writer for Catholic Online (a very courageous Catholic website!) http://www.catholic.org